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Open Access Research article

Validation of the Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire with parents of 10-to-12-year-olds

Elisabeth L Melbye1*, Torvald Øgaard1 and Nina C Øverby2

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1 University of Stavanger, Norwegian School of Hotel Management, 4036 Stavanger, Norway

2 University of Agder, Department of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition, PO Box 422, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway

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BMC Medical Research Methodology 2011, 11:113  doi:10.1186/1471-2288-11-113

Published: 9 August 2011



There is a lack of validated instruments for quantifying feeding behavior among parents of older children and adolescents. The Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire (CFPQ) is a self-report measure to assess multiple parental feeding practices. The CFPQ is originally designed for use with parents of children ranging in age from about 2 to 8 years. It is previously validated with American and French parents of children within this age range. The aim of the present study was to adapt and test the validity of this measure with parents of older children (10-to-12-year-olds) in a Norwegian setting.


A sample of 963 parents of 10-to-12-year-olds completed a Norwegian, slightly adapted version of the CFPQ. Scale analyses were performed to test the validity of the instrument in our sample.


Although a few problematic items and scales were revealed, scale analyses showed that the psychometric properties of the slightly adapted, Norwegian version of the CFPQ were surprisingly similar to those of the original CFPQ.


Our results indicated that the CFPQ, with some small modifications, is a valid tool for measuring multiple parental feeding practices with parents of 10-to12-year-olds.